Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 9047403797
  • ISBN-13: 9789047403791
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 3778 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released June 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006
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The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an is the first comprehensive reference work on the Qur'an, Islam's primary religious text, to appear in any Western language, and should be considered a major work in Islamic studies scholarship. It is a fully international work, having over 200 scholars from around the world collaborate on almost 1,000 entries. Both Muslim and non-Muslim approaches to the Qur'an are featured, and extensive reference is made to the classical, and contemporary Islamic exegetical tradition.

The work is intended for specialists in Arabic and Islamic studies as well as scholars in such fields as biblical studies, medieval history, and comparative literature, making it the ideal offering for both academic and public libraries.

The Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an features:

  • An A to Z format organizing Qur'anic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis
  • Signed essay-length articles that include bibliographies for further study Extensive cross-referencing within each article
  • An index volume that includes a list of contributors, a proper names index, an article index, an Arabic Words and Phrases index, and a Qur'anic citations index

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 9004147438 | ISBN-13: 9789004147430


"McAuliffe's encyclopedia promises to become the central English-language reference work for quaranic studies. The roster of prominent Muslim and non-Muslim contributors at major universities (primarily in the U.S. and Europe) underscores the encyclopedia's commitment to academic rigor. Enthusiastically recommended for all readership levels." --CHOICE, 2002

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"The Encyclopedia of the Qur'an is a highly prestigious and competent volume from a superb publisher with contributions by the world's leading experts. If readers were to own one volume on this topic, this work would be the encyclopedia to own. The first volume is carefully and masterfully crafted and provides the expectation of valuable work to come. With the desire to take stock of Quranic studies at the turn of the century, and the growing interest in this field, the work was planned in 1993. The entries are designed to stimulate further research as well as present the state of research to this point. The editors have admirably succeeded with their stated task in the first volume and the scholarly community looks forward to future volumes." -- ARBA, 2003